Osteopathic treatment for shoulder pain



Shoulder injuries are a common presentation in practice life, and it is not uncommon for patients to become confused in who to consult; an Osteopath? a Physiotherapist? a Chiropractor? a Massage Therapist? Ultimately, we're all trying to do the same thing, and that is to get people better, we just approach patients differently.


A study looked into the effectiveness of osteopathic treatment in patients with shoulder pain. They had been suffering with shoulder pain from 6 weeks to 12 months, and had a pain score of at least 4/10. The cohort received five osteopathic treatments at intervals of two weeks. Treatment was custom tailored and based on osteopathic principles. Control groups received osteopathic treatment after an 8-week untreated waiting period.


It was revealed that five osteopathic treatments over an eight week period led to statistically significant and clinically relevant positive changes of pain and disability in patients suffering from shoulder pain.


Further research is always required, but this is a very positive outcome for osteopathy, and our approach to shoulder pain. If you are unsure if osteopathic treatment could help, please call, we are more than happy to offer our honest opinion.


Schwerla, F. et al. (2020). Osteopathic treatment of patients with shoulder pain. A pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 24(3): 21-28.